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Alaska Fish & Wildlife News
October 2004

Alaska Wildlife News Editorial

By Kevin C. Duffy, Commissioner
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Fish & Game Commissioner, Kevin C. Duffy

I am pleased to introduce to you the beginning of something new for Alaska’s Wildlife News. This monthly e-magazine is broadening its scope. Starting with this issue, Alaska’s Wildlife News will include an editorial and articles relating to fisheries, subsistence, and the Boards of Fisheries and Game. The new forum provides more variety on the living resources and work supporting the mission of the Alaska Department of Fish and Game (ADF&G). In the near future, we will also provide a revised layout and printable PDF version to download and share.

In Alaska, we are fortunate to be surrounded by and living among the most abundant fish and wildlife resources in the United States. As the chief executive in charge of managing these resources, I am committed to the mission and services of the department.

The ADF&G mission is to protect, maintain, and improve the fish, game, and aquatic plant resources of the state, and manage their use and development for the maximum benefit of the people of the state, consistent with the sustained yield principle.

Carrying out this mission requires listening to the resource needs of the public and various user groups. It requires carrying out hundreds of research, conservation, and science programs that monitor, enhance, protect, and manage fish and wildlife. It includes providing resource information and services to the public, various agencies, and businesses. This work is all part of providing opportunities to enjoy and harvest Alaska’s wild resources for generations to come.

Without a doubt, Alaskans are passionate about how their fish and wildlife resources should be allocated and used. Strong opposing opinions on certain issues lead to heated debates. Most frequently, it is the controversial ADF&G issues and stories that make the headlines. While these issues are of great importance, too often, the story behind the scenes and the range of work carried out by ADF&G staff never reach the front page.

ADF&G staff are dedicated Alaskans living in your communities who share your concerns and understand local needs. They are the people working in the field and behind the headlines. The hard work, commitment, and the leading edge science and research ADF&G staff conduct are the foundation of our programs, services, and mission. It is also often absolutely intriguing work that can make for some very interesting reading. Alaska’s Wildlife News brings you these stories.

Alaska’s Wildlife News is all about the fascinating facts on fish and wildlife, and the people and research programs central to sustaining Alaska’s resources for the Alaskan way of life. It is with great pride and pleasure that I present this new broader forum for Alaska’s Wildlife News to be enjoyed by you, your friends, and your neighbors.

Subscribe to Fish and Wildlife News to receive a monthly notice about the new issue and the articles.

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